Since the 2015 Ford F150 was introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, Ford Motor Company has been a little tight lipped on the details of the engine lineup for the next generation of America’s bestselling vehicle so we thought that today would be a good day to put together what we know for sure to help clear up any current confusions.
Reprinted from TorqueNews.com http://www.torquenews.com/106/look-engine-lineup-2015-ford-f150-possible-power-numbers
The 2015 Ford F150 will come with four different engines with two of those being new and two returning from the 2014 model year F150. This includes the new 3.5L V6, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the 5.0L V8 and the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The 6.2L V8 from the SVT Raptor has been removed from the lineup for the 2015 model year.
The base engine for the 2015 Ford F150 is the new 3.5L V6. This motor replaces the 3.7L V6 that served as the base F150 powerplant for the last few years and while it is expected to be “only” as powerful as the old V6 (it could actually offer less power), the lightweight 2015 F150 should perform just as well as the 2014 F150 with the bigger base V6. More importantly, the new 3.5L V6 should offer better fuel economy than the outgoing 3.7L V6. Something in the area of 295 horsepower and 265lb-ft of torque coupled with the lightweight new F150 could offer similar performance and better fuel economy than the outgoing base V6.
The first optional engine for the 2015 Ford F150 is the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, which has been designed with features of both the PowerStroke diesel and the popular 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that serves as the premium engine option for 2015. Ford has not offered up any power figures, but the company has stated that it will offer similar power to entry level V8s – which I would guess would put it in the low 300 horsepower range. Something in the area of 315-325hp would give this new EcoBoost engine comparable power to some of the less powerful V8s in the half ton truck segment while the EcoBoost technology in this small V6 should make it the most efficient engine in the segment. While this motor will only offer a touch more power than the base 3.5L V6, it should be vastly more efficient while also offering vastly more torque based on what we have seen from the other EcoBoost engines.
Next up is the only V8 offered in the 2015 Ford F150, in the form of the tried and true 5.0L. This motor served as the entry V8 for the 2014 F150 with 360 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque and with the demise of the 6.2L V8, I could see this engine getting a bump in power…although not a very big bump. Ford could increase the output up around 370 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque without stepping on the toes of the range topping 3.5L EcoBoost V6.
Last but most certainly not least for the 2015 Ford F150 is the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. This motor is also being carried over from the 2014 F150, but I expect that with the demise of the 6.2L V8 Ford will beef up the larger EcoBoost so that it packs more power and can do even more work. The current 3.5L EcoBoost produces 365hp and 420lb-ft of torque, but I expect to see an increase up to roughly 380 horsepower and 440lb-ft of torque. An increase of this size would allow Ford to boast of the EcoBoost being one of the most powerful engines in the segment while also making plenty of space for a more powerful 5.0L V8…all while maintaining the same impressive levels of efficiency as the current EcoBoost V6.
It should be noted that the power figures above are all based on speculation from what we have seen in the past and there is a good chance that both the 5.0L V8 and the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines in the 2015 Ford F150 could be introduced with the same specs as the outgoing models. This would allow the company to focus on the marketing of the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and the new base 3.5L V6 – before unleashing a more powerful version of both the 5.0L V8 and the 3.5L EcoBoost a year later. In any case, I fully expect Ford to make changes that will allow the 2015 F150 to be the most powerful truck in the half ton segment.